PREVIEW: rock.paper.sistahz’ 23 Hours Live (b current)

b current presents rock.paper.sistahz’ 23 Hours Live, a marathon of theatre and the arts May 17-18

b current’s rock.paper.sistahz festival’s 23 Hours Live is a marathon featuring 14 plays and other artistic works, beginning at 1 pm Saturday May 17 and ending at 12 pm on Sunday May 18 . The marathon will take place at the Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas Street East).

23 Hours Live features Trey Anthony’s Black Mothers Don’t Say I Love You, Michaela Di Cesare’s 8 Ways My Mother was Conceived, Ngozi Paul’s The 1st Time Project, Catherine Hernandez’ I Cannot Lie to the Stars that Made Me, Amanda Parris’ The Other Side of the Game, and the b current rAiz’n Ensemble’s herstory. The marathon will also feature a late night dance party with DJ L’Oqenz, a pancake breakfast with the b current Artistic Directors, and storytelling for children with Lillian Allen. Keep reading for the full line-up and ticket information. FULL LINE UP

13 Faces for The Hall Of Fame – a visual exhibition celebrating rAiz’n alumni curated by Christopher Pinheiro (ongoing throughout marathon)

Film screenings curated by Lucius Dechausay
Daylight into sunset: 3-6PM on Saturday, May 17 Sunrise: 4-7AM on Sunday, May 18

KICK-OFF 1:00PM-3:00PM

HERSTORY by the rAiz’n Ensemble (Najla Edwards, Roselyn Kelada-Sedra, Aracely Reyes, Tijana Spasic) Directed by Naomi Abiola

OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME by Amanda Parris, Directed by Cara Eastcott


THE 1ST TIME PROJECT by Ngozi Paul AL/LEX by Chase Lo

8 WAYS MY MOTHER WAS CONCEIVED by Michaela di Cesare, Directed by Tamara Brown

SUNSET 5:30-8:00PM

TRACE by Jeff Ho, Directed by Jajube Mandiela

THESE KIDS written & directed by Jason Maghanoy

EVENING 8:00PM-11:30PM

BUNA! by Rehaset, Directed by Jajube Mandiela

BLACK MOTHERS DON’T SAY I LOVE YOU by Trey Anthony, Directed by Djanet Sears


PERDIDA by Lilia Leon

MONARCH by Naomi Abiola

I CANNOT LIE TO THE STARS THAT MADE ME by Catherine Hernandez, Directed by Gein Wong

WRITE ON! @ RPS13 – Open Mic led by Akhaji Zakiya

OUTSIDE THE BOX DANCE JAM featuring DJ L’Oqenz, burlesque performer Dainty Box, and body painting by Belinda Ageda!


Early Hours Smoothie Bar Morning yoga asana and meditation with Nisha Ahuja



Pancake breakfast with the b current Artistic Directors

Storytelling for children with Lillian Allen

WHAT NOISE IS THIS? by Marcel Stewart & Robert Macmenamin

USER, NAME AND PASSWORD by 404: Collective Not Found (April Leung, Jivesh Parasram, Jenna Rodgers, Miquelon Rodriquez)


A 23 Hour Pass is $50 and is available here or in person at Daniels Spectrum.  For those without a pass it will be $13 for timed admission (available May 17 & May 18). These timed admission tickets will be available in limited quantities.